I can’t express how daunting having two kids in diapers is, and when a GI virus goes through the house, my poop diaper tally can reach its limits daily. Last month supplied an unusually harsh case for Harper Morgan. It required thinking outside the box yet again. I have a constant supply of perineum herbs that I offer my doula clients. I started using them for the kids’ diaper rashes during their bath time a little over a year ago, but this last case was so painful I couldn’t get her to sit in the tub. What is a mama to do? Then I realized she wasn’t having it with our usual disposable wipes either and decided to see what would happen if I made homemade wipes. She ended up with a combination of herbal wipes and needing the hard core petroleum based ointments from the store. Yeah, I know, not my usual plug but desperate times called for desperate measures and the non-petroleum products were not cutting it this time. Wondering what I did? Here are the recipes that I usually use and an easy modification if you don’t have anywhere to buy perineum sitzs bath or loose herbs quickly.
For my doula clients, I use a modified version of Wellness Mama’s After Birth Sitz Bath. If you are going to use this for your baby, dilute it a lot. It is meant to help with symptoms from a vaginal birth and baby won’t need the level of astringent the recipe creates for mama’s healing body. Truth be told, you can get away with just using calendula and/or lavender herbs and skip the salt all together for diaper rashes.
Here is my version that I keep on hand for doula clients~
- 1 part Comfrey Leaf
- 2 parts Lavender Flowers
- 2 parts Red Raspberry Leaf
- 1 part Yarrow Flower
- 1 part Calendula Flowers
- 1 part Uva Ursi Leaf
- 1 part Dead Sea Salt
For the video I used ~
- 2 parts Calendula
- 1 part Lavender
You can even use an herbal tea bag like Stash Tea and see if all you need is a little gentle lavender.
If you find that desperate times are calling for desperate measures and you need to apply a petroleum based lubricant between diaper changes, this mixture is incredibly hard to blend. I would highly recommend using a cheap blender that you don’t plan on using the beater for food again. I also found that the A&D ointment ended up diluting the Desitin, especially if you are buying the extra strength in the purple box. If I have to make this again, I will probably try just using Desitin and the liquid antacid and keep the strength more concentrated. We also learned that along with protecting her delicate tush, the mixture created a ripe environment for blow outs. The cream also created a barrier for the diaper and the poop would end up leaking out the sides. The recipe that I was given is as follows.
Bonus Round –
Instead of buying expensive oatmeal bath products to soak in, put your dry oats in your bender to make a powder. You can add this straight to the bath water and it won’t clog up your drain. The oatmeal soak will feel soothing to their tender rash and you don’t have to worry about there being anything toxic if they get the water in their mouth. Do you have some Single Grain Oatmeal left in the pantry, from introducing solids? You can even repurpose those oats in the bath tub. I have also heard of mama’s putting the oats in a sock, tying a knot in it and letting their child play with it in the tub. Every time they squeeze the sock it releases oat mixture into the tub and then you can just throw the sock away when you are done.
These are just a few of our go to remedies when a rash comes knocking on our door. They are especially helpful if you are not nursing and can’t use your breastmilk on the rash. What are some tried and true ways that you use in your house for rashes?